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2018 Chevrolet Traverse Larger, Lighter

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Larger, Lighter

This week Chevrolet took the wraps off the all-new 2018 Traverse crossover. The reveal marks the replacement of the current one that’s had an extended stay on the market, launching in 2008. It’s unquestionably an important vehicle for the bow-tie brand, not only because three-row crossovers are a critical segment, but also for GM’s financial well-being.

One key takeaway from seeing the new Traverse in the flesh is that it’s huge. It looks bigger than the outgoing Traverse, which is a big vehicle itself. A quick glance at the specifications of both the current Traverse and the new one confirms the dimensions of the new one have grown in nearly every direction (see below chart).

Oddly enough, despite larger overall dimensions, the new Traverse has less cargo volume. Instead, it looks as though GM focused their efforts on increasing legroom and passenger comfort versus added cargo volume. It does beg the question of where the extra 2″ in wheelbase ended up, though.

Nonetheless, the new Traverse certainly has a higher degree of passenger comfort. It also looks good, unlike today’s model. And the fact it’s shed about 400-pounds won’t hurt matters either given it is powered by a more powerful version of the current one’s 3.6-liter V-6.

Specification 2018 Traverse 2017 Traverse
Length 204.3″ 203.7″
Wheelbase 120.9″ 118.9″
Width 78.6″ 78.5″
Height  70.7″ 69.9″
Curb Weight 4,362 lbs 4,713 lbs
Legroom (front) 41″ 41.3″
Legroom (2nd) 39″ 36.8″
Legroom (3rd) 33.7″ 33.2″
Cargo (behind 3rd) 23 cu ft 24.4 cu ft
Cargo (behind 2nd) 58.1 cu ft 70.3 cu ft
Cargo (behind front) 98.5 cu ft 116.3 cu ft

 





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. 2b2
    TY ^ {allergies}

    204.3 - 120.9 - 78.6 - 70.7

    203.9 - 116.0 - 80.5 - 74.4

    203.7 - 118.9 - 78.5 - 69.9

    amazing

    :smh:
    nsaporito
    2b2
    to me,

    from the side,

    the body looks EXACTLY like the Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Escalade

    not that that's bad BUT...

    not a related platform now is it?

    have they published exterior dimensions yet?


    The exterior dimensions are in a chart in my article.
    2b2
    to me,

    from the side,

    the body looks EXACTLY like the Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Escalade

    not that that's bad BUT...

    not a related platform now is it?

    have they published exterior dimensions yet?
    arutherford
    I hope the mini-Escalade based off this keeps the same soul (overall profile and ride height).
    mrickan
    I think the new Traverse is one of the biggest surprises at the show and instantly elevates it from a middling grocery-getter to a pretty sweet looking SUV.

    Hopefully this bodes well for the Enclave redesign.
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